The shooting death of Philando Castile: Officer to face charges

A St. Anthony police officer shot and killed Philando Castile, a 32-year-old African-American man, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, with much of the aftermath recorded on live video.

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    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has called a 10:30 am news conference for an “update on the Philando Castile case

     

    State authorities have completed their investigation into the July 6 shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi must now decide the next steps as he weighs prosecuting the officer.

    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it turned over its findings to Choi and will continue to work with his office. Choi has previously said that no decision has been made on any charges in the shooting or whether the case will be taken to a grand jury.

    Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria supervisor, was shot the night of July 6 during a traffic stop.

    He was pulled over in Falcon Heights by St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez. St. Anthony Police Department has a total of 23 officers, including one latino, one Asian and one of mixed race.

    — MPR News Staff

    by Michael Olson, MPR News edited by Sara Porter, MPR News 11/16/2016 4:28:02 PM
  • Choi: "No reasonable officer, knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time would have used deadly force under these circumstances."
  • Choi: "It is important to remember that we still must prove these allegations in court, and Officer Yanez is presumed innocent until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I ask the public for its continued trust and patience as the court process moves forward and we strive to achieve justice for Philando Castile, his family and friends .... "
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